The Adventure Continues…

On The Move

by | Aug 14, 2019

“Everything changes when you begin to love yourself. You no longer send out energy of desperation or need to be filled from the outside. You become a powerful source within yourself that attracts better. The more you love who you are, the less you seek validation and approval.”
-Unknown Author

It’s that time again. Yep. Time to move.

Driving across the Ohio boarder into Michigan in the early days of May was not a pleasant experience. Although necessary, everyone within earshot of my truck heard me yell, “NNNNoooooooo!!!!!”

They say you can never go back home. I used to think that line was disrespectful and chuck full of shit. Now… [sigh] Now I have a clear understanding and appreciation for the meaning of those eight words. It did my soul good to completely disconnect from all things familiar and routine.

I learned my strengths, fell in love with and accepted myself fully, contended with fears up close and personal, and experienced an independence and a way of life that intrigues me. Here, back in the same area I grew up and raised my family, the internal and external battle to NOT slide back into my old patterns, beliefs of Self and so forth has strengthened my desire to be the undeniable me that I am.

A month after being parking my friend’s yard, I considered renting a home until the realization that renting during peak season in a tourist destination hot spot would be outrageously expensive. Instead I stayed put siphoning electricity and wifi. She and her husband were gracious hosts, giving me unrestricted access to a bathroom and their laundry room. It was hard to not feel as though I was taking great advantage of their kindness and hospitality, and invading their personal space. I had, after all, been parked in their side yard since early May.

However the time has come to move on. I can feel it in my bones. First, I’ll park my home at another location and prep it for my next adventure on the road. I’m still uncertain where I’m headed to first; maybe New York City to meet a couple of friends or North Carolina to cook dinner for my sister or to Florida to sip margaritas with a friend I haven’t seen in at least fifteen years (maybe twenty) or, or, or… The options are limitless.

I know that I will travel by intuition again. I thought about adopting a dog to join me, however that’s still in the air. Am I ready to share my small living quarters with another being? Um… I’ll get back to you on that decision.

Parking at my friend’s home for several months confirmed I’m not ready to set down roots yet. As much as I loved Texas and resonated with the mountains in New Mexico, I found living thirty minutes from North Topsail Island in North Carolina to be quite nice. I suppose you could say this gal, who swore she was going to live on top of Hobb’s Knob until her final breath, found out she enjoys the freedom too much to sit idle in one location.

On the flip side, working and living from one location – with wifi – had its benefits. Actually, I felt rather spoiled not having to worry about my cell phone data plan and if I would go over it. It will be fun to show off my new location to the virtual assistant clients and members of the Pen To Paper Writers Circle Mastermind/Accountability Group weekly meetings via our video conference calls. Hopefully this new location inspires creativity as I start working on adding workshops and such to the Pen To Paper Writers Circle line-up. Moving from one parking spot to another does seem to stir up the creativity.

As much as I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, this gal has been bitten by the travelin’ bug and it be itchin’!!

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About The Author

C.K. Kochis

I am a writer; it's what I do. My mission in life is to guide women exhausted from nurturing others and the stagnation of daily routines to ignite self-love through the power of their words. I am utilizing my Integrative Nutrition Health Coach education as the foundation of ElementsForAHealthierLife.com to create a platform for coaches and leaders to share pearls of wisdom and professional insights. I wrote, designed and published “Get A Compass Not A Clock” and “UnLeash Your Story: A Journal Writer's Guidebook”. My virtual assistant clients keep me creatively busy, while my grandsons teach me about the importance of play.

12 Comments

  1. Barbara Parcells

    Speaking from experience (and 21 years of living there) only those with nerves of steel would drive a camper through New York City. I didn’t even consider owning a car until I moved out of the city and into the burbs! Having visited North Carolina in October and falling in love with it, especially Ashevllle, I’d vote for that. The Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular!

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    • C.K. Kochis

      Oh I have no intentions of driving the truck ‘n pulling a camper into New York City. I may be courageous but I’m not that adventurous! I’d camp somewhere in the New York countryside and drive into the city to meet my friend. I’m looking forward to visiting Asheville (it’s on my list). I had every intention of going there this past spring but ended up going north to Michigan instead. Crazy intuition lead the way north!

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    • C.K. Kochis

      Thanks, Tracy!

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  2. Kathleen

    Best of luck with the move! I can’t wait to read about your next adventure! Upstate NY is so pretty this time of year and Asheville is amazing. I haven’t been there in years but have great memories of visiting family there. See you in the Pen to Paper Writers Circle! Loving all of your insights into how to be a better writer and getting clear on my writing ideas! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    • C.K. Kochis

      And I am looking forward to writing about my upcoming adventures. It’ll be fun to see where I land next.

      We’re looking forward to having you join us in the Pen To Paper Writers Circle! You are a very gifted writer! Let me know if you have any questions regarding the membership.

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    • C.K. Kochis

      “The move” is always an adventure. There’s new things to see, people to meet and trails to hike. See ya inside the writers circle!

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  3. Heather Maria

    Wonderful! Following your intuition is the best! Whatever you decide to do I always wish you the best.

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    • C.K. Kochis

      Yes it is! My intuition has lead to me to some beautiful places. I’m looking forward to “what’s next”. Thank you for your kind words, Heather.

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    • C.K. Kochis

      Thank you, Heather.

      Reply
  4. Andrea

    Sounds great! And please keep us in mind if you head to Florida. We’ve got all the WiFi you can handle!

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    • C.K. Kochis

      Will do. Thanks, Andrea!

      Reply

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